Dustin Markham speaks out on what's next for his future

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - After falling short in his run for mayor of Meridian, Dustin Markham says he is looking forward to the future.

"I take nothing but positives from my campaign because it was a positive campaign that people really followed and supported because of the vision. And that's something that I'm going to always take with me," Markham says.

On whether politics is in his future, Markham says only time will tell.

"I think it's too early to decide whether or not if I will seek the mayor's office again or any other office. But wherever my services are needed, I'd be more than happy to provide it and it'll be something that I'll weigh out at that time," Markham says.

As a lawyer, school bus driver and youth baseball coach, Markham says he'll continue to keep his hands involved with the people and the city he calls home.

"I'm going to enjoy it. I have a love for the community. My baseball team has a game tonight, my little league team. So I'm going to continue to serve and to continue to work with the youth the best I can even in a limited capacity as a citizen. And I encourage other citizens to do the same thing," Markham says.

As his time winds down on the city council - he offered words of advice for the people coming into the new administration.

"Citizens don't forget. Sometimes citizens can be misdirected but they don't forget. If you promise them something and tell them you're going to do something, they're going to hold you to it and hold you accountable. So I hope that they'll recognize that what they told the citizens are things that they need to carry out for the betterment of Meridian," Markham says.

The new Meridian City Council will be sworn in on July 5th, with the first council meeting set for July 6th.